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Sherwood-area wetland restoration honored with State Land Board Award
For immediate release                                            10-09
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Monica Smiley, Tualatin Riverkeepers – 503-620-7507; monica@tualatinriverkeepers.org 
Julie Curtis, State Lands – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
Project on Metro-owned land was coordinated by Tualatin Riverkeepers 
Salem – The State Land Board today recognized the Munger Farm Restoration project in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary efforts to promote responsible stewardship of Oregon's natural resources.
In presenting one of two 2009 Wetland Project Awards, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a member of the Land Board, said the project "demonstrates how agencies and funding partners can come together to create large-scale, community-based wetland restoration."
Metro purchased the land, which is adjacent to the Tualatin River near Sherwood, in 1997 using money from a 1995 open-spaces bond measure. Metro has continued protecting and restoring natural areas with a 2006 bond measure designed to preserve water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities. The restoration project at the property known as Munger Farm aimed to provide access to the river and promote development of natural habitat in the watershed.
For many years, buried tiles had drained surface and groundwater from the site for farming. As a result, a major part of the 40-acre restoration work involved disabling the drains and reseeding the area with native species and woody plants.
The project objectives were to restore historic plant communities, including Willamette Valley Wet Prairie, and enhance critical habitat for species of concern. "Now, species such as the red-legged frog, bald eagle and Nelson's checker mallow will have a natural environment in which they can flourish," said project leader Monica Smiley of Tualatin Riverkeepers.
"In addition, the public now has access to a restored wetland area where they can learn about and experience a native Oregon landscape," Smiley said.
Funding for the project came from the Department of State Lands, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Clean Water Services.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.